The descriptions of the food served to inmates
were indeed vivid.
Popular perceptions of inmates
shaped by vivid movie and television images of playful Bonnies and Clydes, mafia dons like Marlon Brando who refuse to deal drugs, and psychopaths like James Cagney in the 1930s gangster films are ancient history.
In general, medium security prisons house inmates
whose behavior has been generally good.
are incarcerated for a variety of offenses, there is a cluster of characteristics specific to them.
Thanks to the Iowa legislature and officials at the Iowa Department of Corrections, the inmates
are learning all of this courtesy of the taxpayers.
* are routinely classified as higher security risks than nonnative inmates
Later in the ruling, Pratt observed, "For all practical purposes, the state has literally established an Evangelical Christian congregation within the walls of one of its penal institutions, giving the leaders of that congregation, i.e., InnerChange employees, authority to control the spiritual, emotional, and physical lives of hundreds of Iowa inmates
. There are no adequate safeguards present, nor could there be, to ensure that state funds are not being directly spent to indoctrinate Iowa inmates
Correctional facilities house a disproportionate number of HIV-infected inmates
(1) and are a setting for unprotected sexual intercourse (2).
Many qualified inmates
at USDB take advantage of the many treatment and vocational programs available.
On the other hand, the experience of podular direct-supervision jails during the past 25 years has demonstrated that when staff use effective supervision and management techniques, inmates
will behave in a positive manner, and problems earlier thought to be inherent to jails--vandalism, assaults and escapes--are dramatically reduced.
Recent research by the Bureau of Justice Statistics helps to demonstrate the need to develop effective measures designed to assist recently released inmates
. (4) The study examined prisoners released from 15 states, which returned a total of 272,111 of their charges to free society in 1994.
In February 1999, the Sacramento Sheriffs Department settled a class-action lawsuit alleging numerous acts of torture, including mock executions, where guards strapped inmates
into a restraint chair, coveted their faces with masks, and told the inmates
they were about to be electrocuted.